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Macaw

Overview

  • Status
    Least Concern
  • Scientific Name
    Ara ararauna

 

The Amazonian rain forest is a bird lover's paradise, home to over a thousand different species, including the blue-and-yellow macaw. Macaws are highly intelligent, mate for life and can live up to 60 years. The vibrant color and pattern of their feathers make them a popular species in the illegal pet trade, which has devastated populations of wild exotic birds. WWF supports efforts to phase out importing wild birds to the United States and encourages captive breeding as an alternative to illegal capture.

 

World Wildlife Day Spotlight: 5 Species Threatened by Wildlife Trade

To mark the first World Wildlife Day, March 3, 2014, we spotlight five wild creatures jeopardized by wildlife trade. You can help us ensure their survival.

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